Wildcats in the NFL – Week 7

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2016 season, k-statesports.com will recap the action for the 10 former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.

Arthur Brown, LB – Jacksonville Jaguars
A fourth-year linebacker, Brown recorded a tackle on punt coverage among his 32 special teams plays in Jacksonville’s 33-16 loss to Oakland on Sunday. A former second-round pick, Brown has seen time in 39 career games and made 19 tackles. The Jaguars are 2-4 entering a Thursday-night game at Tennessee.

B.J. Finney, OL – Pittsburgh Steelers
Finney, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015 who spent last year on the practice squad, played on six special teams plays in Pittsburgh’s 27-16 home defeat to New England on Sunday. Finney has seen action in six of Pittsburgh’s seven games this season, including one start. Despite the loss, the Steelers hold a one-game lead in the AFC North with a 4-3 record and are off this week.

Glenn Gronkowski, FB – New England Patriots
An undrafted rookie free agent, Gronkowski has been on and off New England’s practice squad, but he was resigned prior to the Patriots’ 27-16 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday. Gronkowski originally entered the league with Buffalo and played for the Bills in Week 1, but he was released the next day. New England is 6-1 this year to hold a two-game advantage in the AFC East as the Patriots are at the second-place Bills this Sunday.

Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Minnesota Vikings
Lamur saw time on 15 special teams plays in Minnesota’s 21-10 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday. A fifth-year linebacker who played his first four seasons in Cincinnati, Lamur has 154 career tackles, a half sack, 10 passes defended and two interceptions in his four-plus seasons. The Vikings suffered their first loss of the season to fall to 5-1 but hold a one-game lead in the NFC North prior to traveling to Chicago on Monday night.

Tyler Lockett, WR/Returner – Seattle Seahawks
In the midst of his second NFL season, Lockett recorded two catches for 13 yards and returned a pair of kickoffs for 51 yards in Seattle’s 6-6 tie at Arizona Sunday night. A rookie Pro Bowl selection a year ago, Lockett has 13 catches for 165 yards this year in addition to 12 punt returns for an 11.6-yard average to rank ninth in the NFL. The Seahawks are now 4-1-1 this year to lead the NFC West and travel to New Orleans this Sunday.

Cornelius Lucas, OL – Detroit Lions
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free agent signee in 2014, saw time on eight plays – primarily as an eligible tackle – in the Lions’ last-minute win over Washington on Sunday. Lucas has now played in 32 career games with six starts. The Lions are 4-3 to sit in third place in the NFC North – a game and a half out of first place – as they travel to Houston this Sunday.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson started and had one catch for nine yards in Green Bay’s 26-10 Thursday-night home win over Chicago. On injured reserve for the entire 2015 season with an injury sustained during the preseason, Nelson has 27 receptions for 321 yards and five touchdowns this season, the latter tying him for third in the NFL. The Riley, Kansas, product ranks fifth in Green Bay history in career receiving touchdowns (54), while he seventh in catches (427) and eighth in yards (6,430). The Packers, now 4-2 on the year to sit a half game back on Minnesota in the NFC North standings, travel to Atlanta this Sunday.

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Terence Newman, CB – Minnesota Vikings
Nelson, a 14th-year veteran who is with his second season with Minnesota, carded one tackle in the Vikings’ 21-10 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday. The Salina, Kansas, product, who has made 193 career starts in 195 career games, has 821 tackles, two sacks, 164 passes defended and 41 interceptions in his career. His 41 picks rank second among active players. Despite suffering its first loss of the season, 5-1 Minnesota still holds a one-game lead in the NFC North and travels to Chicago on Monday night.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – Philadelphia Eagles
A 12th-year veteran, Sproles carded 49 yards from scrimmage, including a 17-yard rush and a 19-yard reception, in the Eagles’ 21-10 victory over previously unbeaten Minnesota on Sunday. In six games this season, the Olathe, Kansas, product has accounted for 210 receiving yards to go along with 142 rushing yards and an 11.2-yard punt return average. Sproles, who ranks ninth in NFL history in career all-purpose yards at 18,386, is 70 yards shy of LaDainian Thomlinson – a former teammate of his in San Diego – for eighth place. The Eagles snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 4-2, one game behind Dallas in the NFC East standings. The two teams square off in Dallas this Sunday.

Cody Whitehair, OL – Chicago Bears
A second-round pick in this year’s draft, Whitehair started at center and played all 48 offensive snaps for Chicago in a 26-10 Thursday-night loss at Green Bay. Whitehair has started all seven games at center for the 1-6 Bears, who are at first-place Minnesota on Monday night.